Donald Trump fired back at Barack Obama after he released a statement saying that the current president should not fill the Supreme Court vacancy. The open seat in the nation’s highest court comes about following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Obama Addresses Ginsburg’s Death
In a tribute to Ginsburg after her death on Friday, Obama indicated that her Supreme Court seat should be left open until after the election in the spirit of “consistency.”
Four and a half years ago, when Republicans refused to hold a hearing or an up-or-down vote on Merrick Garland, they invented the principle that the Senate shouldn’t fill an open seat on the Supreme Court before a new president was sworn in.
A basic principle of the law — and of everyday fairness — is that we apply rules with consistency, and not based on what’s convenient or advantageous in the moment. The rule of law, the legitimacy of our courts, the fundamental workings of our democracy all depend on that basic principle.
Trump Fires Back At Obama
Trump fired back on Saturday after a reporter asked him about Obama’s remarks.
Trump has been open about the fact that he and the Republican-controlled Senate fully intend to move forward with filling Ginsburg’s seat as soon as possible. Trump has also been respectful to Ginsburg in the wake of her passing, paying tribute to her after her death. She was 87 years old.
“She led an amazing life. What else can you say?” President Donald Trump said Friday night after hearing of her death. “She was an amazing woman whether you agree or not she was an amazing woman who led an amazing life.”